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Omega-3 supplements unlikely to prevent depression or anxiety

Increasing omega-3 intake unlikely to prevent depression or anxietySubscription

Increasing long-chain omega-3 intake probably has little or no effect in preventing depression or anxiety symptoms, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis in The British Journal of Psychiatry. 

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GP-based pharmacist interventions cut cardiovascular risk factorsSubscription

Pharmacist-led interventions in GP practices can successfully reduce risk factors for cardiovascular events, a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has suggested.

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Asthma exacerbations during pregnancy linked to birth complicationsSubscription

Women with asthma who experience exacerbations during pregnancy are more likely to have birth complications than women with well-controlled asthma, a study published in the European Respiratory Journal has suggested.

Opioid use offers limited benefits for patients with osteoarthritis

Opioid use offers limited benefits for patients with osteoarthritis Subscription

Opioids offer only small benefits in terms of pain and function in osteoarthritis and do not improve quality of life or depression, research presented at the 2019 American College of Rheumatology annual meeting has suggested.

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Benzodiazepines linked to overdose deaths among those treated for opioid dependencySubscription

Individuals treated for opioid dependency who also take benzodiazepines are almost three times more likely to die from an overdose, research published in PLoS Medicine has suggested.

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Antidepressant treatment could assist weight lossSubscription

Off-label fluoxetine may help overweight and obese people to lose weight, but the evidence supporting this is limited, the authors of a Cochrane review have concluded.

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Use of antidepressants linked to heightened risk of gestational diabetes Subscription

Women who take antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to develop gestational diabetes than women who do not, research published in BMJ Open suggests.

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Type 2 diabetes remission possible with modest weight lossSubscription

People with type 2 diabetes mellitus who achieve weight loss of 10% or more within five years of diagnosis are more than twice as likely to go into remission than people who maintain the same weight, research in Diabetes Medicine has shown.

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Anti-inflammatory drugs found to exert antidepressant effectSubscription

Anti-inflammatory agents exert an antidepressive effect in the treatment of major depressive disorder, a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry has suggested.

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Switching from MDIs could reduce carbon impact of inhalers and save money Subscription

Switching patients who use metered-dose inhalers, which contain hydrofluoroalkane propellants, to cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternatives could lead to major cost savings, as well as reduced NHS greenhouse gas emissions.

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Benzodiazepine and Z-drug prescribing linked to socioeconomic deprivationSubscription

Benzodiazepines and Z-drugs are prescribed more frequently in areas of greater socioeconomic deprivation, a study published in Family Practice has shown.

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Poor evidence available on cannabinoids in mental health conditionsSubscription

There is a lack of high-quality evidence supporting the use of cannabinoids in the treatment of mental disorders, the authors of a meta-analysis published in the Lancet Psychiatry have concluded.

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Flu vaccination in pregnancy found to be effective in immunising babiesSubscription

Having a flu vaccination during pregnancy helps to prevent infection and admission to hospital in babies, a study funded by Public Health England has found.

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Antidepressant use soars despite static depression prevalence, study findsSubscription

Use of antidepressants among older people has more than doubled over the past 20 years, despite little change in the prevalence of depression, research published in The British Journal of Psychiatry has shown.

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